Love, love, love these collage and gouache originals by California artist Elizabeth Amento. Magical, mysterious swirls of color surrounding unassuming individuals going about their daily business? Yes, please!
Wow! I’m still on cloud nine about having the opportunity to bring curate 1k to life! Collaborating with the lovely Julia Reynolds of The Shop in East Liberty and highlighting some of the most recent original work of one of my favorite artists, Britt Bass, was too good to be true!
The debut of the curate 1k collection at The Shop in East Liberty took place September 28 in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of The Shop. As much as I love bringing you affordable art from the comfort of my PJs, you can’t beat a real-life event!
The amazing Britt Bass created six new originals and an exclusive limited edition print - seriously you guys, there’s only 25 and I’ve already claimed mine! - specifically for the curate 1k collection. How amazing is that? Unwrapping them upon their arrival in Pittsburgh was like being a little kid on Christmas morning. Each was more beautiful than the last.
I’ll be featuring four of the paintings, along with the exclusive print (pictured above) over on curate 1k this week. I hope you enjoy the collection as much as I do!
| The photos above are from the curate 1k collection’s debut at The Shop. It was a divine evening all around, full of delicious food from The Livermore, beautiful art, good friends, and happy collectors. |
Two years ago, I quietly started a Tumblr blog showcasing all of my favorite, affordable online art. Beautiful walls for every budget certainly struck a chord and the project has grown in ways I would have never imagined.
So, I’m crazy excited to announce the very first physical curate 1k collection! Debuting at The Shop in East Liberty on Saturday, September 28, the collection features new work and an exclusive limited edition print by the lovely and talented Britt Bass.
Learn all about this dream collaboration here and stay tuned for opening event info and online ordering details!
These stunningly gorgeous paintings by artist Joanna Goss inspired this week’s "1k" collection of abstract watercolors. Each piece is a little unexpected, reminding me how contemporary and bold this medium can be. Enjoy!
This week’s "1k" collection theme is quite unexpected, but sort fell into my lap as I was browsing the Young Artists Show on BSDA (if you haven’t already seen it, go check it out now!) I was immediately drawn to the work of Theresia Zimmermann. The color palette was a little unusual for me, but I couldn’t get over the soft, squishy, almost Dr. Seuss-like organic forms. I loved the artist’s description of her work being like “secret gardens observed through a microscope.” I wondered if other artists were working on this cellular level. A quick Etsy search showed there most definitely are, and I’m loving so much of what’s out there. I hope you do, too. Enjoy!
| The intricate, lacy work above is by Wednesday’s featured artist, Maria Doering. Browse her Etsy shop here. |
These large-scale oil paintings by John A. Sargent III reminded me of Sabastiaan Bremer’s photographs… some of my all-time favorites. After stumbling upon them on Saatchi Online, I decided to build a "1k" collection around one of his lovely speckled sunsets. Enjoy!
I’m packing up house and moving once again… but this time it’s to our very first home! Yes, we bought a house!
I have packed way too often over the last five years, and I’m really looking forward to finally being settled for a while. I feel like half of my life is in piles right now, but none of it looks nearly as pretty as Marisa Swangha’s stacked book photographs above. So lovely and simple.
Be sure to check out my “1k” collections to watch my moving progress. This week: chaos and mess. Next week: something a little closer to home. Enjoy!
| Find prints of Marisa’s photos in her Etsy shop. |
Have I ever told you how absolutely in love with Pittsburgh I am? You may remember my move here last fall; sparked by a yearning for a more vibrant and affordable city. The cost of living in Pittsburgh is low enough that creative people can actually afford to be creative! It may sound silly, but the proof is in the pudding. I am surrounded by inspiring movers-and-shakers all doing amazing projects, many of which center around the creation, promotion, and/or appreciation of art and design. It’s like heaven for me.
Soon after arriving, I met Christine and Melissa of Treading Art. Transplants from California, they too recognized something special in Pittsburgh. Just like me, they jumped ship and arrived in the Steel City with ambitions to make their idea for Treading Art a reality.
Here’s Christine and Melissa…
Treading Art is Pittsburgh’s premier cultural resource and public programming developer. We host regular content on the website that highlights Pittsburgh’s creative community and the city’s urban resurgence. Additionally, Treading Art is hired to assist organizations develop their public programming and exposure needs.
Our collection for curate 1k is made up of many talents found within this rust belt city. We attend their openings, shop their racks, befriend their owners, and support the artists by spreading the good word. Treading Art is lucky to be in this great city during it’s cultural renaissance.
Laura Heaney’s still life drawings make me smile. Why not use your cupboard for inspiration? I’m in awe of how beautifully she renders the metallic crinkles of the Cheetos bag and how faithfully she reproduces the stickers on her tomatoes.
While I love the pieces above, my favorite work from her “Food” series is the lemon. You’ll find it featured in this week’s "1k" collection in good, citrus-y company. Enjoy!
| Limited edition prints of Laura’s work can be found in her Etsy shop. |
Hey! There’s my super cute husband playing guitar in our old apartment. And that painting above him? We made it using a $24 canvas, a $8 pack of gold leaf, and a random, crusty tube of acrylic paint I had leftover from our wedding. Hidden behind the canvas? An unsightly hole for the air conditioning unit during the summer months. We needed affordable camouflage that we weren’t afraid to bump and bruise during the process of multiple installations. It worked for us.
The funny thing? We have received so many compliments on this piece over the years! My artistic skills are scant, so I give all of the credit to the allure and luster of the gold leaf. It really does something magical to a room.
This week’s "1k" collection is all about the transformative powers and warmth of gold. Enjoy!
I’ve been feeling like this frazzled little guy lately. Work, projects, and blogging have been a little overwhelming. I’m taking a bit of a breather this week and offering up a short, but very sweet, "1k" collection featuring lovely teals and pinks. Enjoy!
| My little friend above is by Malaysian artist Comet P. |
I am totally in love with collage artist Naomi Vona. So much so that I’ve built an entire “1k” collection around one of her pieces. Head over to curate 1k for an entire week of glorious original assemblage. Enjoy!
| Dozens of Naomi’s collages, including the ones above, are available here. |
I’m always going on and on about all of the marvelous things that happen in the online art world… and I’ve just thought of another! A recent meeting with Pittsburgh blogger and graphic designer, Mundania Horvath of Steeltown Anthem, got me thinking about custom artwork. Mundania introduced me to PGH Digs, a project in which she’s recording the city’s awesome residential architecture through a collection of illustrations. The super cool part? You can commission her to illustrate your very own house for $125!
Thanks to sites like Esty and Big Cartel, commissioned artwork is accesible to all of us. A quick web search turned up talented artists creating everything from annotated marriage proposal maps to portraits of your child’s favorite stuffed toy. This week’s "1k" collection features some of my favorite custom artwork possibilities. Enjoy!
| The work above can be found on PGH Digs. And be sure to head to Mundania’s Etsy shop for information on commissioning an illustration of your own home sweet home. |
Over the weekend, curate1k reached a very exciting milestone - 100,000 tumblr followers! If you’ve just stumbled upon the site, welcome and I hope you’ll stay awhile. If you’ve been with me from the beginning, THANK YOU!
Take a moment to look back at 93 weeks of affordable art… and see the 94th here.
One of the things I love most about the ever-evolving online art world is the emergence of artist-owned and operated online galleries. Darger HQ, founded in November of 2012, is a perfect example. This month’s guest curator - artist and director of Darger HQ - Launa Bacon introduces her work and the concept behind her gallery:
Artist Launa Bacon ‘s work ranges from collage to video, sculpture, installation, and large-scale projections. Not content to simply produce her own art (as though that weren’t enough!), Launa also actively supports the work of other artists, through the online artists’ community Darger HQ, a new platform for presenting international emerging artists’ work to new collectors. Owned and operated by artists for artists, Darger HQ showcases both editioned and unique works by about 15 early to mid-career international artists on a simple and easy to use website, making buying contemporary art an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Darger HQ is an exciting new source to see some of the most interesting work being created today.
The theme of this week’s "1k" collection is something I can only call grotesque beauty… pieces that are a little disturbing, a little repulsive, but also completely intriguing and unforgettable. Jennifer Yorke, a Chicago artist I recently discovered on the impeccable Cureeo, is a master of grotesque beauty in my book. Her mixed media pieces above are delicate, elegant, and revolting all at once… and I can’t stop looking.
I’m almost as obsessed with these original cat collages by Brooklyn artist Grace Yang as I am with my own cat. They inspired me to put together a 1k collection dedicated to my favorite feline. This one’s for you, Miss Scratchy Pants Tiny-chan! xo
Several years ago, on a whim, I bought a box lot of old 1950s menus on eBay. I was originally curious about the contents of the menus, but soon realized the true treasure was on the covers. They were beautifully printed with so much artistry. My new collection, as it turned out, consisted mostly of tiki lounge menus. One was a huge die cut palm leaf and many had beautiful illustrations next to the various tropical food and beverage offerings. I was in love.
Ever since buying those menus, I have been insisting that tiki is going to be the next big bar trend. Just wait and see! I know it’s going to happen. When it does, I’ll be ready with a collection of appropriate, affordable artwork. Head over to curate1k to see an entire week of “contemporary tiki.” Enjoy!
When I first started curate 1k, I used to worry about running out of artwork to post. Crazy, right? But I was seriously nervous I’d share all of my favorite artists and have nothing left feature. I was so wrong. One of the best things about doing this blog is having the opportunity to learn about all of the amazing artists, galleries, and art professionals that continue to join the online art world everyday. It’s truly inspiring. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce April’s guest curator, Megan Peter. While I love exposing readers to new art, Megan actually helps you incorporate it into your home and/or office through her art consulting services. Her style is whimsical and bright, and I’m so glad to have her on the site! Here’s Megan:
I established Megan Peter Fine Art as a full-service, art consulting firm with the goal of hand-selecting art based on my clients’ tastes, needs and space. I am passionate about helping people find art that really moves them, while accounting for budget as well as lifestyle needs.
Everyone should enjoy the beauty of art in their home, as it enhances a space and creates a personal environment. Whether someone is purchasing a single work of art or building a collection, I am intent on bringing people together with art they love.
For my 1K collection, I decided to focus on works that reflect a playful and whimsical theme. The selection features original paintings, mixed media collage, prints, and photographs that boast bright colors and would feel unified together on a gallery wall, or, just as easily could work individually as it’s own gem in a home.
Psst! Have you heard of Darger HQ? They’re a new online gallery own and run by artists, and I was lucky enough to be invited to guest curate a small collection of my favorites for them. The work above is just a sneak peek - check out the rest here through May 15th!
| from the top: ODES:: Classroom Heros (detail) by Mira Alibek, Just Watching by Chris Kienke, and THOU SHALT DIE by Angela Simione |
Wow. Aaron Smith's paintings stopped me in my tracks. The artist took his fascination with the rigid yet vulnerable gentlemen featured in Victorian and Edwardian portraits and coupled it with jarring expressionist brushstrokes in vibrant, flamboyant colors. The results make you consider the buttoned-up, reserved Victorians we thought we knew!
PS - see an entire cast of characters, including another piece by Smith, on curate 1k this week. Enjoy!
For this week’s 1k collection, I’ve decided to revisit the idea of altered landscapes. The pieces above are by Thursday’s featured artist, Letha Wilson. She cuts, bends, folds, and distorts her photographs in the most unsettling and surprising ways. I’m pretty much in love with everything she does. Enjoy!
I am thrilled to present Jennifer Ruocco of Artspace as March’s guest curator! There are some magic moments in the life of a blogger when you get to collaborate with your idols… this is absolutely how I feel about Artspace. I’ve admired them since starting curate 1k back in 2011, and it’s beyond exciting to have Jennifer on the site this week. As a super flattering bonus, she invited me to do an art-filled interview on Daily Artspace. Be sure to check it out! But first, here’s Jennifer:
There comes a point in adult life when you realize you need to graduate from posters and framed greeting cards and upgrade your art collection. Since I live in a small space and tend to move a lot, I seek out artworks that will complement each other if displayed side-by-side or salon style, but also will function as stand alone pieces.
These five selections exemplify what I think would make a solid foundation to a personal collection. Though they are all limited-editions, they showcase a variety of techniques, from abstract photography and line drawings to a film still. I can see this group of artworks living harmoniously in my sitting room as they offer a balance between black and white works and those that burst with saturated color. They also reflect the mission of Artspace.com; though the artists represented are at different stages of their careers, the works are offered at similar price points, speaking to the philosophy that living with art should be easy and affordable, no matter where you live, or whom you know.
Attention all artists! The deadline for UncommonGoods’ annual art contest is March 31st! It’s an opportunity to have your work judged by the Jealous Curator with an amazing prize of $500 plus a limited edition print sales opportunity through UncommonGoods! Pretty awesome all around. I can’t wait to see the winners! Find the submission guidelines here.
After a busy week at a new job and a last minute weekend trip to NYC, I really wasn’t sure if I was going to get a “1k collection” up this week! It would have been the first week I’ve missed since starting curate 1k back in August 2011! As I frantically searched the internet for unique and affordable pieces to share with you, I found myself drawn to what is clearly becoming one of my favorite palettes: pink, orange, and yellow. The colors made me happy, and the stressful task of putting this week’s collection together SO last minute became enjoyable. I hope you like it, too!
| I think this is the third or fourth time I’ve featured these colors over the last two years. I posted the piece above during my second month of blogging. It’s by artist Kristina McLean, who has amazingly affordable originals in her Etsy shop. Check it out! |
The theme of this week’s 1k collection is “A Fine Line.” All of the works feature countless thin lines all coming together to create dramatic shapes. Each one exhibits a perfect combination of fragility and strength. Enjoy!
As you know, I’m always on the hunt for the latest online source of affordable art, so I was thrilled to hear that Lesley of Artsy Forager has started a new gallery project! Found is an online exhibition space dedicated to small works with accessible price tags. Some of my favorite pieces from the inaugural show, "City Mouse | Country Mouse" are featured above.
You know what makes this show even more amazing? A portion of artists Christina Baker and Deann Hebert’s sales will go to The Nashville Zoo. Love.
Learn more about Christina and Deann here and here.
I’m so pleased to announce Amelia Eichholz of the lovely Colour Bloc as February’s guest curator. I’ve been watching Amelia’s blog and art consulting business grow with a mix of admiration and envy. Her taste is exquisite and her day job - placing beautiful art in people’s homes - is to die for. Amelia and I both called Boston home, but sadly never crossed paths before my recent move to Pittsburgh. I’m thankful to have found her colorful piece of the online art world through Twitter!
I started my art consulting company + blog, Colour Bloc, last summer and have been passionately matching great artwork with beautiful homes and office spaces ever since. I enjoy helping clients locate artwork that is a representation of their personal taste. The blog component of Colour Bloc has become a space for me to share art, design, and style inspiration. It’s home to information on gallery/museum exhibits, interior design trends, and insider images from artist’s studios.
For my 1k collection, I decided to focus on a springy pastel color palette with bold geometric lines and shapes that have a graphic nature. This trend frequented the Spring 2013 fashion runways and I’m looking forward to giving it a whirl in the upcoming season!
This week’s "1k" collection is all about maps and was inspired by the gorgeous and delicate pieces featured above. They’re by British cut out artist Claire Brewster and I find them completely fascinating. I’ve always had a thing for the transformation of old paper. I love that something once as mundane as a map can be reimagined into a thing of beauty and whimsy. Enjoy!
| The works above are for sale here and you’ll find more of Claire’s art here. |
I have always found black to be a difficult in a piece of art, which is funny because it’s practically my favorite color in every other aspect of life. In this week’s 1k collection, I challenged myself by working with darker pieces. It seems there’s a special balance that keeps the work from feeling too heavy, whether it’s a pop of unexpected bright color or the subtle introduction of light.
In my book, Michael Cina - Friday’s featured artist - is a master of the light/dark balance. The work featured above can be found on his portfolio site and The Ghostly Store.
I’m so excited to introduce Pepper Coate of Cureeo as January’s guest curator! I’ve had my eye on Cureeo for a while now and love the site’s clear aesthetic. As head curator, Pepper’s taste is impeccable. In addition to the gorgeous art for sale, Cureeo offers a recently launched Buyer’s Guide that makes the process of collecting more transparent and a little less scary. It’s pretty amazing!
Here’s more on Pepper and a brief introduction to Cureeo’s "1k" collection:
Pepper Coate is Director of Artist Development at Cureeo.com. Resident of Chicago and born in Kansas City. Lover of present moment and old-fashion characters. Addict of art and tea.
‘Objects of the Everyday' is a collection of works that display the simple structures surrounding us. Fundamental forms are taken from our living space, nature, and beyond to display perfect balance of color and shape.
I cannot stop looking at Mary Iverson's paintings. I'm as fascinated with the final surreal, Tetris-like result as I am with her process. Iverson creates majestic landscapes and then scores measurement lines into the painting, almost defacing her own work. From there she adds an assortment of shipping containers — the simple geometry and flat colors jarring against the pristine backdrops. I find it completely compelling and even a little eerie. So much so, that I've built a "1k" week around Iverson’s work. Head over to curate 1k to see more examples of shapes oddly floating in space. Enjoy!
This week’s 1k collection has a peculiar theme, but one that I like very much. All of the selections are structures with a particular “light” emanating from them. Some depict the warm glow of a lit window, and others, like the pieces above, radiate intense color. Cityscapes and lone buildings that might otherwise seem vacant and cold are brought to life.
| The pieces above are by Tuesday’s featured artist, Mauren Brodbeck. Limited edition prints are available for sale on Lumas. |
I am all for the glitz, glam, and festivities that traditionally usher in the new year. So, as we say hello to 2013, I offer you a Fancy Pants-themed 1k collection over on curate1k. Literally… there are some very fancy pants being featured on Wednesday, alongside other other artworks showcasing beautifully rendered textiles and colorful costumes. Put on your party clothes and enjoy! Happy New Year!
| The pieces above are by Wednesday’s featured artist, Elliot Beaumont. You can find them on Elliot’s site and Mammoth & Company. |
It’s a UGallery week over on curate 1k! Stay tuned for five of my favorite pieces totaling exactly $1000! And - just in time for the holidays - I’m excited to be offering a coupon code for 15% off UGallery purchases through December 21! Just enter curate1k at checkout. Enjoy and Happy Shopping!
| Since I’ve skipped my usual holiday gift guide this week, be sure to check out UGallery’s collection of limited edition prints for tons of inspiration. There are sizes and prices to fit most gift giving budgets. The piece above is by JenMarie Zeleznak ($60-$750). |
This 1k week is all about fragments and memories. Nostalgia is one of my favorite themes in a piece of art; something I share with Danielle Krysa (also known as The Jealous Curator). Danielle is Friday’s featured artist and selections from her new Assemble show are above. They make me feel wistful for childhood and high school. The bursts of color on the otherwise faded backgrounds perfectly represent how crystal clear some memories are and how hazy others have become.
This week’s 1k collection is decidedly feminine with a splash of melconcholy. Sometimes it’s tough being a girl.
The works above are by Monday’s featured artist, Clare Elsaesser. Stumbling upon her work on Etsy was one of those great art discovery moments that take my breath away. Her paintings are painfully beautiful. I can’t stop looking.
After several super bright weeks, I’m turning down the color dial. This week’s 1k collection is all about sepia tones. The grayish-brown hues can be both tranquil and haunting, and they seem quite fitting for the brisk transition into winter we’re experiencing here in Pittsburgh.
I have been admiring the graphite drawing above for quite some time. It’s by artist Gillian Lambert and is one of my all-time favorite pins on my Pinterest Art board. I’m glad to have a reason to feature it here! (via Booooooom)
This week’s 1k collection has oranges and corals in common, along with some bursts of pink and blue. I loved putting this group together, and I’m definitely crushing on some new color combinations (check back on Friday to see what I mean!). Until then, enjoy a sneak peek above, with Tigers by Thursday’s featured artist Giovanni Garcia-Fenech.
So the dust is finally settling after our big move from Boston to Pittsburgh. We’re a little nervous, but mostly optimistic about starting this next chapter in life. Pittsburgh is leaps and bounds more affordable than Boston (our number one reason for leaving), and we’re hoping we can lead a more fulfilling, creative life here.
There is still cleaning to be done and boxes to be unpacked, and I’m trying to find order in all of the chaos. My quest for organization has inspired this week’s “1k” collection, where each piece has a hint of a grid motif. Enjoy!
| The pieces above are by Thursday’s featured artist, Jesús Perea. Prints, ranging from $20 to $40, are available in his Etsy shop. |
Sorry in advance for things being a little quiet over on curate 1k for the next week or two. I’m right in the middle of a pretty big move from Boston to Pittsburgh. Moving (specifically packing) is high on my list of life’s most stressful events, so I’m taking my time and trying to stay organized. While this week’s "1k" collection is somewhat abbreviated as a result, I think you’ll find the theme quite appropriate.
Wish me luck! I’ll see you soon!
| The painting above is by Kate Russo. Prints are available in her Esty shop. |
I’m so pleased to present Kurt Yalcin of the fabulous UGallery.com as September’s guest curator. Kurt brings a fresh, masculine perspective and has skillfully put together a collection totaling exactly $1000. So impressive! Here’s Kurt:
My name is Kurt Yalcin and I’m the Community Manager at UGallery.com, an online art gallery! Our mission is to support artists and make fine art more accessible. When Norah offered me the opportunity to “curate1k,” I immediately thought of the guys I know who are searching to define their taste in art—the lone rangers of today.
This collection is an ode to the stylish (and, dare I say, affordable) bachelor pad. It’s the tale of a modern man and contains all the necessary components of a good story: asetting, an object, a character, and an emotion. The art released each day reveals snippets of the tale, so you can weave together the full story. Without further ado, I present to you “The Lone Ranger” collection.
The next two weeks will be flora and fauna themed over on curate 1k. It seemed like an easy task, but I found the floral week to be surprisingly difficult to piece together. It was challenging to find interesting, fresh (and affordable!) takes on flowers, but I’m super pleased with the final result.
Katie Vernon, featured above, blends beasts and buds perfectly. I think her illustrations are incredibly sweet and would be perfect in a nursery. You can find more of her signed prints in her Etsy shop. Enjoy!
Inspired by The Jealous Cuartor’s recent post on Sarah Gee and her mesmerizing circles, I’ve put together a collection of $958 worth of hypnotic art over on curate 1k this week.
The trippy and humorous pieces above are by Tuesday’s featured artist, Ben Giles. Ben’s original collages range in price from $16 to $130 in his Etsy shop, and his artwork can also be found on Society6.
A year ago, shortly after starting curate 1k, I timidly reached out to Kate Singleton of Art Hound. With barely a month of posts under my belt, I was nervous emailing the author of such a successful and beautiful blog, but our shared interests compelled me to hit send. At that time, Kate was just about to launch Buy Some Damn Art, an exquisitely curated online gallery of affordable, original artwork, which I found completely intriguing and inspiring. Not only did Kate graciously answer my shy email, but she made herself available to me as a source if information and encouragement as I built curate 1k. Her impeccable taste and business savvy continues to inspire me, and I am completely honored to introduce her as curate 1k’s August guest curator. Introducing the lovely Kate Singleton…
I’ve watched as Norah has develop this site from scratch over the last year and am always very impressed by how fun, smart and dedicated she is! All of that good energy goes into the site and you can tell! So it’s great fun for me to play guest curator today.
I am a sucker for earthy neutrals - it’s a preference I always come back to no matter how much I admire bright and shiny things. In a nutshell I like art that is understated but beautiful, a bit sad but playful. This grouping has one piece from my site Buy Some Damn Art (sorry, but I had to!) by the artist Eva Magill-Oliverwhich I’ve been lusting after since her show launched. In their own way, each of these pieces requires some imagination on the part of the viewer - something I think is essential in good art.
It’s so hard to believe a whole year has gone by! In the last 12 months, I’ve compiled 240 pieces of affordable art and loved every minute of it. Thanks to everyone for following along! In honor of this special occasion, I’m putting together a little birthday wish list. Enjoy!
| The tempting cakes above are by illustrator Elizabeth Graeber. The original drawings are available for $23 each in her Etsy shop. |